By Deborah Baber (Savalla), Member of Channel Islands RWF
The first Republican Values Center (RVC) opened its doors in November in Simi Valley. Four of us RWF women decided we could not wait for permission from a party to act nor spend more time seeking political solutions through existing channels.
Believing time is of the essence, we decided on a for-profit enterprise-campaign venture-model because standard political campaign reporting and tax requirements are burdensome, time-consuming, confusing, and wasteful. Every dollar counts, now more than ever as we head into the most significant election year of our lifetimes.
We believe we are in an all-hands-on-deck fight for our nation, our Constitutional Republic, and the American Dream opportunity it creates. We believe the best way to reconnect with and to illustrate the success of our founding to others is to do so by leveraging our capitalist economy in the Trump era to create brick and mortar storefronts.
The RVC is a for-profit enterprise-campaign venture that seeks to restore conservative self-governing principles at the local, state, and national levels. Profits are calculated in money but measured in messaging. Profits are re-invested in opening additional sites concentrating first on the coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Our doors are open to all fellow Republicans including those who do not yet know they are Republican!
We believe if we build it, the people who share our values will come! We need to find each other! The RVC is our “safe space”!
The e-World of social media with its fleeting engagements has a place in our daily life, but it can never replace the face-to-face, person-to-person relationships we need to survive and thrive, especially as a self-governing people. Everyone who shares our Republican values are welcome to shop at the stores within, talk about current goings-on, grab a cup of coffee, seek information, watch rallies and broadcasts together, hold events, lectures, and parties, all the while getting information about and connecting with candidates and campaigns.
We are a commercial enterprise in the business of selling the values that make America great! Everything within the four walls relates to and reinforces the values that founded our nation and our party.
Our brick and mortar stores deliver the message that “we are here to stay!” You are welcome to join in with this bold experiment in self-governing choices. After all, somebody will make the rules! If not YOU, then WHO?